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James Barton

My name is James Barton, I am currently teaching Biology here at Fort Dorchester High School. I grew up on James Island, attended Nativity Catholic School and later graduated from James Island High School "Home of the Trojans". I attended the College of Charleston and Graduated with a Bachelors in Science in May 1993. 

I began teaching that fall at St. Paul's Country Day School in Hollywood, South Carolina. While at St. Paul's Country Day I taught Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Biology, Marine Biology, AP Biology, 6th Grade General Science and 7th Grade Life Science. During my first year of teaching I was recognized as Teacher of the Year for SPCDS. In 1998, I became the Middle and High School Director for SPCDS and continued teaching several High School and Middle School Science Classes. While teaching at SPCDS, I headed up several Minimester Programs taking groups of students down the Edisto River on a week long Canoe Trip, two trips to the Florida Keys & Everglades, one trip to South Bimini in the Bahamas for Snorkeling and SCUBA diving and one trip to the Biltmore Estate. I believe that when a student is given the chance to learn outside of the classroom they will embrace the opportunity. Before leaving SPCD, I was recognized two additional times as Teacher of the Year. 

In 2002, I left SPCDS and moved to Berkeley County to teach at Timberland High School. While at THS, I taught Applied, CP and Honors Biology and served as the Adviser to RAW TRUTH - Bible Study for Students. 

In 2006, I joined the Fort Dorchester High School Science Department Faculty. While at Fort Dorchester I have taught CP, Honors & AP Biology, CP Physical Science, CP Chemistry & Effective Leadership 1 & 2. In the Spring of 2007, with the aid of Dr. Parker, I wrote and received the Toolbox for Education Grant from Lowes. This grant has been used to build an outdoor Classroom in the courtyard that backs up to the Science Hallway. In addition to the Lowes Grant, I have received additional grants from MeadWestvaco and the FDHS-PTA to continue the work on the Outdoor Science Classroom. Since 2007, I have served as a Mentor Teacher for several new teachers to our building. In 2008, I taught evening school for science and began working with the FDHS Student Council (StuCo). In 2010, I began teaching Effective Leadership 1 and 2. During this time our StuCo and Student Leadership Classes: began Patriot Partners with three of our feeder Elementary Schools, Received Gold Honor Council each year, Hosted the 2011 District Rally for SCASC District 1 with Sam McCallum serving as both FD StuCo President and SCASC District 1 Chairman, we set a new state record for the American Red Cross for units of blood donated by a High School Blood Drive and we competed in the 2015 Jefferson Awards, earning a Silver Award from Students In Action in our first year of competition. In 2015, I began teaching AP Biology as a part of the National Math & Science Initiative. 

This year brings more new activities and opportunities for each of us to "Sow the Seeds of Greatness" found inside each of us. Today I will choose to sow a good seed to help make Fort Dorchester High School a great place for all students, teachers and parents. I look forward to the challenge - The Best is yet to Come! 

Recognition's include: 
Eagle Scout
Vigil Honor Member of Unali'Yi Lodge 236
Founders Award Recipient
FDHS?PTA Teacher Volunteer of the Year on several occasions. 
Homecoming Spirit Week 2009??12th Man? for the Homecoming Game
2010 Silver Beaver Recipient, Coastal Carolina Council, BSA
Teacher of the Year Finalist multiple years
2013-14 Fort Dorchester High School Teacher of the Year
2014-15 VFW State Teacher of the Year 
2015 Centurion Award, Order of the Arrow

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